45 Long Colt Ammunition

The .45 Long Colt is the cartridge that was used in the Colt Single Action Army aka "The Peacemaker". It continues to be used for hunting as well as self defense. With the introduction of the Taurus Judge, the .45 Long Colt once again became popular as a "Peacemaker".
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  1. Hornady 45 Long Colt Ammo - 20 Rounds of 185 Grain JHP Ammunition

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  2. Barnes 45 Long Colt Ammo - 20 Rounds of 200 Grain XPB HP Ammunition

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  3. Remington 45 Long Colt Ammo - 50 Rounds of 250 Grain JHP Ammunition

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  4. HPR 45 Long Colt Ammo - 50 Rounds of 250 Grain JHP Ammunition

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History of .45 Long Colt Ammuniton

The .45 Colt is quite possibly the most iconic cartridge in the United States. It was originally developed as a black powder cartridge in 1872. It was a collaboration between Colt’s Firearms and Union Metallic Cartridge Company. Soon after its introduction, the Colt Single Action Army revolver, also known as “The Peacemaker” chambered for the .45 Colt, was accepted by the US Army in 1873. This cartridge served in the military as the primary issued sidearm ammunition.

Currently out of military use, the .45 Colt retains popularity among hunters and sport shooters. It is used in handgun hunting of larger North American game such as deer and black bear. There are also several lever action rifles which are chambered for the .45 Colt for the hunter who prefers to use a long gun for hunting. Sport shooters also continue to use the .45 Colt, it is especially popular among Cowboy Action Shooters who strive to adhere to the historical aspect of their sport.

The .45 Colt is no slouch in the ballistics department. With bullet weights commonly available in the 200 to 300 grain range, there is a good variety for hunting or sporting use. The muzzle velocities range from 750 feet per second to over 1300 feet per second, this equates to some loadings exceeding 1100 foot pounds of energy! This puts the .45 Colt on a par with the .44 Magnum.

The one real shot of adrenaline for the .45 Colt cartridge in the past few years was the introduction of the Taurus Judge series of revolvers. The novelty of a .410 bore shotgun was quickly lost in the new defensive loads for the shotgun. But interestingly enough, ammunition manufacturers picked up on the versatility of the Judge and began offering self defense ammunition in .45 Colt. Not only has it expanded the applications of the pistol, but it has brought attention back to the .45 Colt as a very legitimate self defense cartridge.

Discuss 45 Long Colt Ammunition by adding your comment to the 9 comments below or by asking a new question

Joe Hawthorne ( Sat, 26 Jan 2013 18:57:42 +0000 ) : Will the colt 45, the 454 casull cartriges feed and function properly in a lever type rifle chambered for the 460 cartrige?
Art B Davis ( Tue, 05 Feb 2013 22:42:29 +0000 ) : yes
Michael Larch ( Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:33:06 +0000 ) : I am not sure as to the existance of any 460 S&W lever action rifles. There may very well be. I would ask the manufacturer. I believe there is close to 7 or 8 tenths of an inch between the 45 and the 460. This might cause feeding problems in a lever action rifle. Some revolvers in.45 Colt seem to stand the high pressures of the "modern" 45 Colt at around 25,000 psi, whereas some revlovers need to stay in the 14,000 psi range. In comparing it to the 44 Remington Magnum, isn't there a difference in rifling thickness? I believe for revolvers, the bore diameter for the 44 is around.417 with a groove diameter of.429-.430. The 45 Colt, has a bore diameter of around.442 with a groove diameter of.450-.451. This would allow for the lower pressure loads I would assume. Would this shallower rifling handle the faster loads, especially with lead bullets? By the way, I would be sure the manufacturer allows for the high pressure.45 loads before using those loads.
Roy Conner ( Mon, 25 Feb 2013 01:59:59 +0000 ) : I have A THOMPSON CENTER ARMS I LOVE IT 45COLT SHOOT A 410 GA. 2
Robert Block ( Sat, 30 Mar 2013 17:18:02 +0000 ) : I've been told that the.454 Casul will take a.45LC. If this is true, then will the.454 Casul work in a.45LC?
Michael Larch ( Sat, 30 Mar 2013 21:36:42 +0000 ) : NO! The pressures in the 454 Casull run as high as 55,000 cup, about the same as the 300 Weatherby. The stronger 45 Colts such as the full frame Ruger Blackhawk will handle up to around 25,000 CUP I believe in 45 LC. The Speer manual explains this well. Read it first. Check SAAMI too. But other 45 Colts were intended to handle not much more than 14,000 psi. The 454 Casull should be shot ONLY in those marked to handle .454 Casull by the manufacturer. Few firearms will. Freedom Arms Model 83, Taurus Raging Bull 454, Ruger Super Redhawk 454 are among the few. Never fire 454 Casull ammo in the 45 Colt or as some call it 45 Long Colt.
Robert Block ( Sun, 31 Mar 2013 00:09:03 +0000 ) : Great information. Thanks for the valuable info and the quick reply. I was never going to try it I just wanted to find out how far apart they were in terms of psi and size. (Huge difference). I use just the cowboy loads and at certain local shoot outs I load them with pyrodex so I never get that close to max power of the pistol. I love the .45LC using either of the aforementioned loads.
Roger Rice ( Sun, 07 Apr 2013 04:06:23 +0000 ) : I need a box or 2 for some shooting practice. My Daddy gave me the pistol and he died of cancer in 2004, I intend to give it a good cleanning before and after, then give to son in law that has collections!
Roger Rice ( Sun, 07 Apr 2013 04:10:33 +0000 ) : This is Colt.45 Service Revolver! Need Ammo
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